“The servant is not greater than his master.”The world hates the followers of Christ. The Christians should not be surprised because first of all it has hated to death Jesus Christ himself.When Christians are given a hard time by worldly people, they should not complain. They should accept persecutions or rejections as part of their Christian life.If Jesus was not spared of all these hostilities, they too will ex- perience the same fate. For they are not greater than their teacher. They are not more privileged or fortunate than their master.This was already the feelings of the Johannine communities at the time of writing in the late 90s. Christians were obnoxious to the Roman society.The first reading tells a diffe- rent story. The Christian missio- naries, like Paul and Timothy, suc- ceed in evangelizing work. They make converts. They are very much welcome in helping those in need in the Christian commu- nities they established.History tells us that their con- verts too will be persecuted by the Roman authorities. Today church members are also perse- cuted because they speak against the abuses of the government officials and against unjust eco- nomic and political system.
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